|Tanglewood. That'sthe Koussevitzky Shed hiding behind a tree.|
A list post (not a Liszt post) this morning with some musings about music and maybe trying to grapple with why I do this crazy job and write this crazy blog. No order, this is stream-of-consciousness time.
1) Strauss' vocal writing, particularly in Ariadne auf Naxos.
2) The entry of the second cello in the Schubert C Major Quintet.
3) The perfect grass of Tanglewood under bare feet.
4) Being able to go through the stage entrance of Carnegie Hall.
5) The Transformation Music in Act I of Parsifal.
6) Having a seat at the Met with a touch of extra leg-room. (It does happen once in a while.)
7) Alan Gilbert and the sense of purpose that he has brought to the New York Philharmonic.
8) Those recordings that make you forget you are listening to a CD, an LP or an MP3.
9) The first disc by Apocalyptica. If you like cello playing, you should listen to these Finns play Metallica. No, really.
10) Most importantly, the fact that music matters to people, and that some of them read this. And that you read this. Thank you!